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‘Call Me Rosa Parks’

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Rachel Dolezal, a prominent black civil rights leader in Spokane, has been exposed as white by her estranged family. Asks the local newspaper: So, Rachel, are you really, like, white?

“That question is not as easy as it seems,” she said after being contacted at Eastern Washington University, where she’s a part-time professor in the Africana Studies Program. “There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.”

Later, in an apparent reference to the origins of human life in Africa, Dolezal added: “We’re all from the African continent.”

It turns out that Rachel Dolezal has a history of making hate crime allegations that even her colleagues thought seemed suspicious. So, her goose is probably cooked.

But look, if Bruce Jenner can put on a dress and call himself a woman, even though he still has all his junk, and we’re all supposed to go along with it on pain of being denounced as bigots, why shouldn’t Dolezal have the right to expect us to do the same with her race fantasy? She has made a chosen blackness the core of her identity. Who are we to deny it?

No, no, say narrow-minded people, this is not like transgender at all. Race is totally different! The reader who sent that item to me wants to know:

Didn’t we just spend the last five years hearing that this is the civil rights issue of our time? That opposing gay and transgender rights is the same as racism?

Oh hell. I can’t keep up.

Neither can Religious Left icon Anne Lamott, who finds herself in a world of hurt after failing to experience the Joy of Caitlyn Thought because Caitlyn remains, underneath the skirt, a penis person:

The crowd smacked Lamott for “misgendering” Caitlyn, but she persisted in resisting joy. In a subsequent tweet, which I have to recreate because it has been removed, Lamott said:

@marylowry1 hostile to Caitlyn. Will call him a she when the pee-pee is gone. Says “Brave is to endure stares, jeers, prejudice. He won’t.”


Well, that was too far. Happily for progress, Twitter re-educated Lamott, who recanted and now embraces the Joy of Caitlyn Thought:

So, to recap, if Rachel Dolezal says she is a man, we must all agree, on pain of being publicly censured. But if Rachel Dolezal says she is black, it is fair game to challenge her claim. But LGBT status is exactly like race.

That’s the ever-surprising Joy of Caitlyn Thought.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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